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Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk — February 20, 2013 at 8:55 am 19 Comments

Cherrydale art

More Car Window Shooting Arrests — Fairfax County Police arrested two suspects accused of shooting out car windows with BB guns. Both suspects — 19-year-old Alexander Chase and 18-year-old Herbert Reyes-Cartagena — are from Arlington. Chase was arrested last month by the Arlington County Police Department and charged with similar crimes. The suspects are accused of more than 30 window shooting incidents in Fairfax County, and Chase is accused of involvement in 250 cases throughout Northern Virginia. [Washington Post]

Summer Camp Registration Begins — Registration began this morning for the summer camps offered through Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration can be done via mail, online or by faxing an application to 703-228-4765. Registration by phone or walk-in will begin on February 27.

Lee Highway Art Celebration — The Cherrydale and Maywood neighborhoods held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate new art on a median at the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Monroe Street (photo above). Local mural artist Jarrett Ferrier submitted the winning proposal for the Lee Highway Art Project. His design consists of panels depicting scenes from around the neighborhoods, such as the Cherrydale Fire Department, Cherrydale Branch Library and a railroad line that used to run along Lee Highway.

Agape Bears Closes in Ballston Mall – Agape Bears, a shop in Ballston Common Mall featuring handmade teddy bears, closed over the weekend after more than 15 years in business. Owners Elizabeth and Bill Taylor are well known not just for the store, but also for donating bears to police and fire stations, as well to victims of disasters. The Taylors plan to still sell the specialty bears online. [WTOP]

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  • Westover

    Sad loss of the bear store, it is a shame that Ballston Commons has fallen so far. I hope the management comes up with some way to turn it around.

    The camps sure filled up FAST! Seems even quicker than last year!

  • Garden City

    Ballston Mall. It’s such a sad place.

    • John Fontain

      Trademark that quick.

  • Andy

    Something was wrong with Arlington’s camp registration this morning: The system didn’t slow to a crawl, didn’t crash, didn’t have any issues. What’s up with that?! ;)

    • xarl

      your tax dollars at work!

    • John Fontain

      Yep, it worked perfectly. Kudos! Too bad for anyone attempting to register by mail, phone, or walk-in – they don’t stand a chance of finding an open spot in anything.

  • CCHGuy

    Does anyone know what the emergency was at 3am on Glebe?? There were sirens going off like crazy for about 10 minutes….

  • ArlRat
    • Westover

      Sad for my Saxons. :(

  • novasteve

    I wonder if that goatse rehab guy in Ballston will miss the agape store.

    • drax

      Okay, steve, that was actually both subtle and funny. You win your very first FREDTERP.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Alex and Herb (aka, Bevis and Butthead) were just exercising their 2nd Amend Rights. Heh. Heh heh heh. Heh.

  • MC 703

    Does anyone know why the Fairfax Dr ramp onto 66W was stopped completely for 15-20 minutes today around 815?

    • JamesE

      nope! but I quickly got off at glebe north and took the back roads.

  • MissKittenCat

    I love Agape bears but Build A bear took there thunder.
    Sad to see them go. Ballston is just slowly becoming just a food and movie center and not a mall

    • novasteve

      I think that’s great. I hate malls that are stores. I think it should become an all bar mall.

  • Art Barfunkel

    That art is hideous. Looks like something out of a 1950s Disney film. Or that garish public art at the corner of Rockville Pike and Montrose. What happened to tasteful bronze sculptures?

  • roquer

    Is it as obvious to everyone that these two jackasses with the BB guns just need a good old fashion beat down…..every day for a few days? Arrests clearly don’t do it.
    Agape Bears was a nice place, but probly too good for Ballston Mall, which is now down to about 1 business leaving every 6 months. I expect it to go the way of 7-Corners which was a really nice place for a long time, until scumbags started bothering people and there was no security. Ballston is close to that now.

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